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EXCLUSIVE | "Justice, He Will Get", Says Lawyer Harish Salve Who Will Represent India At ICJ Ahead Of Hearing In The Kulbushan Jadhav Case

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will commence oral hearing on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday at The Hague, Netherland. India is likely to ask the top UN court to direct Pakistan to revoke the death sentence awarded to Jadhav on allegations of espionage. Ahead of the case hearing, Republic TV's Rhythm Anand Bhardwaj spoke exclusively to Harish Salve, the lawyer who will represent India’s case at the International Court of Justice.

Mr Salve reflected confidence when Republic TV asked whether Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice from ICJ and said:

"Justice, he will get. of course it's International Court of Justice. You will get your answer tomorrow".

Read: ICJ To Hold Public Hearings In Kulbhushan Jadhav Case. LIVE UPDATE

Meanwhile, the hearings will be streamed live on the Court's website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel. The ICJ has set a four-day hearing schedule beginning Monday for the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. It is expected that the ICJ's decision may be delivered by the summer of 2019. 


  • March 3, 2016: Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested reportedly from Balochistan after he entered from Iran, Pakistan claims.
  • March, 2016: Pakistan releases a video of Jadhav purportedly confessing of being an Indian spy.
  • April, 2016: Jadhav charged with terrorism and sabotage in an FIR filed against him by the provincial Balochistan government.
  • April, 2017: Kulbhushan Jadhav, 48, was sentenced by the Pakistan military court on the charges of terrorism and espionage.

He was convicted of carrying out 'subversive activities' in Pakistan on a "special mission" for the Indian government and has been sentenced to death by the military court in the neighbour country. He was alleged to be a RAW spy, the charge which India has repeatedly denied, but have conceded that he is indeed an Indian national and a retired naval officer. 


A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18, 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. The timetable for the public hearing is scheduled from 18-21 February.  

  • February 18: Harish Salve will represent New Delhi in the case, is expected to argue first. 
  • February 19: The English Queen's Counsel Khawar Qureshi will make submissions from Islamabad's side
  • February 20: India will respond
  • February 21: Pakistan will make its closing submission